Interview - Shedonist

Rock music isn't just a genre, it's an attitude. For lead Jasmin Toubi, singing and sharing her music with the world represents the ultimate form of rebellion. "I'm the daughter of Iranian immigrants, and I'm very lucky to be here," says Toubi. "If I was born in Iran, I'd literally be in jail right now for being a musician; it's illegal for women to sing."

- Hi and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release, Daddy.
Hey thanks for having us! We just dropped our first major production music video for our song “Daddy”. It’s the biggest video we’ve done so far and are so excited for the world to see!

- How would you describe your sound?
Grungey Blues Rock? With some alternative and punk and pop rock in there?

- What do you write about?

Most of our songs are either observations about the world or personal stories, though sometimes they can just be jokes

- What do you listen to when you are home?
Really been digging King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and anything Motown.

- Your favorite live performance so far?
Our last show at The Cobra with Bad Dad Jokes and Dust Mothers on tour from Texas was pretty wild. Those guys rocked the house and the energy all night was high.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in the studio or on stage.
When we were recording our first album in our practice space back in LA, we couldn’t have the air conditioning on because it made too much noise for recording, so it got really hot and sweaty. So much so that Conor had to stick his head in the mini fridge.

- Your favourite albums?
That’s such a tough question, there are so many. We’ve all really been digging First Impressions of Earth by The Strokes as of late.

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Another really tough one! Would love to sit down and chat with Dolly Parton that’d be crazy. Or Jack White.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
Comfy couches, all the beers and sparkling waters and snacks, massage chairs and a hot tub.

- What are your plans for the near future?
We’re currently recording our next release, filming more music videos, and planning more shows!

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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